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Friday 24 November 2017

Legends relive Euro '88 glory at fundraiser

Fiona Ellis

Football legends relived their glory days at a 25th anniversary celebration of Euro '88 in aid of charity.

Members of Jack Charlton's squad, including Packie Bonner, Ray Houghton, Kevin Moran and Ronnie Whelan, came together at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin to raise funds for the Johnny Giles Foundation, which encourages positive social change through football.

Ray Houghton's sixth-minute header secured a famous 1-0 win against England in Stuttgart, Germany.

It is still a fond memory for the footballer.

"It was the first time we ever qualified for a major tournament so it obviously was something very special," he said.

"And to score against the old enemy England in the first game was fantastic. Going into the game there were those who thought the English team were going to be far superior to us, but it was just a matter of us going out there and competing and showing them what we could do."

Kevin Moran said the England game in 1988 was a career highlight for him.

"If I look back over my whole career and say what game stands out for me, internationally, it was definitely beating England one nil at Stuttgart," he said.

"It wasn't expected of us so it was fantastic, certainly one of my highlights."

Irish Independent

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